Full-Time Lecturer in Spanish and Spanish Language Program Director

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese invites applications for a full-time Lecturer to direct the language program in Spanish.  This is a renewable, non-tenure-track position.  The Director is expected to teach at all levels of undergraduate Spanish language and culture and participate in maintaining and advancing an undergraduate program committed to dynamic language and cultural instruction.  The Director will teach no more than four undergraduate courses of elementary through advanced language and culture courses per year, with concomitant course relief for graduate teaching, and mentoring and supervising lecturers and TAs. It is assumed that the Director will eventually teach the graduate-level pedagogy course as part of their normal teaching load.  They will be available to advise students regarding course placement and questions concerning the language requirement. They will work closely with the Undergraduate Chair in Hispanic Studies and the Graduate Chair in Spanish in matters pertaining to scheduling and the hiring of new language instructors.  Native or near-native linguistic ability in Spanish, teaching and coordination experience at the university level, and excellent teaching credentials are required. Ph.D. obligatory.


We seek candidates who share our strong commitment to research, teaching and mentoring, and to a scholarly community shaped by values of inclusive excellence.  The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania is committed to cultivating and sustaining a community of students, scholars, researchers, and staff that reflects the diversity of our world. We nurture working and learning environments that are affirming, equitable, and inclusive. As a community, we are committed to thoughtful discussions and dynamic interactions as we strive for an environment where everyone is supported and valued. Please see our School’s Inclusion and Antiracism Initiatives to learn more about our active priorities: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/2020-inclusion-and-anti-racism-initiatives.


Candidates should apply online at: http://apply.interfolio.com/140222. Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for a minimum of three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation.  The University will contact the referees with instructions on how to submit their letters. We also encourage applicants to upload evidence of excellence in teaching, such as a teaching portfolio including, if available: 1) teaching and peer evaluations; 2) sample syllabi, assignments, and assessments, etc.; and 3) a statement of professional development.

Review of applications will begin on March 11 and continue until the position is filled.  This appointment will start July 2024.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is strongly committed to Penn’s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: http://www.upenn.edu/almanac/volumes/v58/n02/diversityplan.html.) The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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